Kenneth H. Bauknight, CPA, Founder & Shareholder at Bauknight Pietras & Stormer CPAs, has been recognized by Columbia Business Monthly as one of 2019’s 50 Most Influential People in Columbia for his leadership and contributions to the community.
Columbia Business Monthly annually honors individuals who shape the Midlands’ community landscape in business, government, education, legal, economic development and nonprofit sectors. Honorees are nominated and selected based on interviews with peers.
“To say that I’m honored is an understatement,” says Bauknight, a Columbia native, who started in the accounting field first as an IRS agent in Houston, Texas, and later with then Big Eight public accounting firms Ernst & Whinney and PriceWaterhouse.
“We started BPS because we (Bauknight and two other founders) wanted to live and work in Columbia and control our own destinies. There was no better place to start our practice; the business community and individuals who wanted our experience and expertise welcomed us. BPS took off from there.”
Bauknight has been a SCACPA Member since 1984.
During Bauknight’s nearly three decades with BPS — 28 years as managing shareholder — the firm has grown to nearly 60 CPAs and a total team of 80 professionals, placing BPS among the premier public accounting and consulting firms in the Southeast. Last month, BPS was recognized by Forbes as being among the top recommended tax and accounting firms in America.
BPS relocated its corporate offices in 2019 to a new, 20,000-square-foot space in the TD Bank Building at 1501 Main Street, the business hub of South Carolina’s capital. The move accommodated the firm’s growth, but also improved work-life balance for the BPS team.
“Being on Main Street has made a tremendous difference,” Bauknight said. “Great restaurants, housing, entertainment, workout facilities, the Columbia Museum of Art, and green spaces are right outside our door. If you need a break, you don’t have to go far.”
The 50 honorees of 2019’s Most Influential People will be recognized at an event hosted by Columbia Business Monthly on Feb. 6 at Riverbanks Zoo. Columbia Business Monthly’s list is based on staff research and community nominations.